Thomas Stephen FOLEY, Congress, WA (1929)


FOLEY, Thomas Stephen, a Representative from Washington; born in Spokane, Wash., March 6, 1929; graduated from Gonzaga High School, Spokane, Wash., 1946; A.B., University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., 1951; J.D., University of Washington Law School, 1957; lawyer, private practice; appointed deputy prosecuting attorney, Spokane County, Wash., 1958; professor, Gonzaga University Law School, Spokane, Wash., 1958-1959; appointed assistant attorney general, State of Washington, 1960; assistant chief clerk and special counsel of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States Senate, 1961-1963; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1995); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress; chair, Committee on Agriculture (Ninety-fourth through Ninety-sixth Congresses); majority whip (Ninety-seventh through Ninety-ninth Congresses); majority leader (One Hundredth and One Hundred First Congresses); Speaker of the House of Representatives (One Hundred First through One Hundred Third Congresses); awarded the title Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995; Ambassador to Japan, 1997-2001.


Biggs, Jeffrey R., and Thomas S. Foley. Honor in the House: Speaker Tom Foley. Foreword by Mike Mansfield. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1999.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present